Noval Fine Ruby, Quinta do Noval
Bright ruby in colour, with an intense youthful nose with a distinctive fruity character of ripe berry fruit and violet. The palate is well balanced, pure and structured, with a core of intense, rich fruit, supported by smooth yet persistent tannins
Quinta do Noval is widely regarded as one of the leading lights in Port and has always done things a little differently. Situated just outside Pinhão in the heart of the Douro valley, Quinta do Noval is a single estate Port shipper with a focus on quality, terroir driven Ports and wines. Acquired by AXA Millésimes in 1992, the estate undertook an extensive replanting and regeneration programme under the leadership of Christian Seely that has furthered its reputation as one of the top producers in the region.
Grapes for the Noval Fine Ruby are sourced from both Quinta do Noval, Pinhao, and from ‘A’ quality grapes from traditional suppliers of Quinta do Noval in the heart of the Douro. The domain of 145 hectares which dominates the Pinhão Valley constitutes the heart and soul of Quinta do Noval. The soil is made up of schistous rock, which makes work in the vineyard particularly difficult. Since 1994, Quinta do Noval has replanted 100 hectares of the domain with the noble grape varieties of the Douro, adapting pruning methods to suit each parcel. The parcels have been replanted in single grape variety plots, the varieties chosen to suit each individual parcel of land. The grapes are vinified by pump over in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is fortified using grape spirit from traditional suppliers in the douro, after fortification the resulting wine is then aged in large oak vats for 2 to 3 years.